Decorating Tips for a Christmas Tree

by Emma W.R. on December 4, 2015

xmas tree

Decorating our Christmas tree is one of the highlights of the season.  The kids, my husband and I look forward to this evening.  We make the most of it with fun finger foods followed by hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows and cookies.  The radio is tuned to Christmas carols so we can all sing along.  This is an Event!

            Whether you are choosing to use a real or artificial tree, decorating your tree should be a family project.  We keep our tree up for about 3 or 4 weeks and never get tired of looking at it.  You start with this green canvas and turn it into something that warms your guests’ hearts.  Although we make this a fun experience for all, there are some basic tips we follow.

  1. The first step is to hang the lights.  There are many different styles and colors on the market to choose from.  Whatever your choice, place the lights deep in the tree in order to keep the wires hidden.  This will also give your tree depth.  Don’t skimp on lighting.  My advice is that every tree should have approximately 100 lights to every foot.
  2. Next, drape the garland I like to use different types of garland to mix things up, such as ribbon, home-strung popcorn, beads, or foil garland.
  3. After we have draped the garland, it is time to hang the ornaments.
  • First, our favorites get strategically placed.
  • Then, we hang the largest ornaments. If they are heavy and breakable, I like to keep those low.
  • Next, continue with the medium and smaller ornaments tucking some in deep to add more dimension.
  1. This is where the extras come into play.  Every family has some additional touches such as spraying snow or perching birds on the branches.  My kids love to hang multicolored candy canes and place a snowman tree skirt under the tree.
  2. Last but certainly not least, all that’s left is the tree topper. In our house, it’s a star gently placed by Dad.  I have seen angels, crosses and even bows. 

A couple of last helpful hints I have is:  Make sure the Christmas tree gets decorated from top to bottom, from front to back and early enough in the season to be appreciated. 

Merry Christmas!

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Amy Mulligan January 7, 2016 at 11:30 am

Our favorite family activity is decorating the tree for Christmas. It always makes the holidays special.


Ana December 17, 2015 at 10:07 am

Finally just got my tree up. So late this year! How is it already December??


Loraimi December 11, 2015 at 2:23 pm

This is a fantastic post with great advice.


Jamie December 11, 2015 at 10:58 am

Putting up the Xmas tree is such a special moment in my home. We look forward to this every year


Marcy December 10, 2015 at 3:51 pm

I like to decorate my trip very early. Before Thanksgiving


Paula S. December 10, 2015 at 11:37 am

What great tips. I wish I had your advice last year. In our family we also do the Xmas tunes while decorating the tree together, but last year I made eggnog while my kids dressed the tree. This was a big hit, even though my concoction could have used more sugar. I’ll get it right this year!


Gabby December 9, 2015 at 3:45 pm

If you’re going for a fake tree, I would get one without lights and string some on yourself. My tree was a mess this year; none of the lights worked and they were wound up good so it was too much of a pain to unstring them all. We ended up just wrapping the tree with new lights on top of the broken ones.


Joelle December 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

Good tips. Thanks!


Annie December 4, 2015 at 1:12 pm

My biggest struggle is getting the tree up early in the season!


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